Students’ play to be performed as part of Black History Month


A play by BU Scriptwriting students will be performed at The Winchester pub in Bournemouth as part of Black History Month.

Chaos By Design has been written, directed and will be performed by Benedict Lombe, who is about to graduate from the BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film and TV course, and final year student Charlotte Rogers.

The play focuses on the struggles of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – where it is estimated 433,000 women are raped a year.

“The main reason that we wanted to do this whole thing was effectively to raise awareness about something that I think a lot of the time people, especially our generation, have no idea about,” said Benedict, 21.

“It’s such a huge issue and we thought that creating a play was one way that we could make a difference.”

The play follows two women, June and Angelique, as they struggle to survive in the DRC without becoming victims of war, coming across different characters with their own views on the conflict.

Benedict and Charlotte, who have set up The Rat’s Nest Theatre Company, took the production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August this year, with the help of £1,500 from the BU Projects and Placements Grant fund.

Chaos By Design will be performed at The Winchester, in Poole Hill in The Triangle, on Wednesday October 30, as part of Black History Month.

The performance starts at 7pm and tickets can be bought on the door for £5.

Further details about the performance

A number of events have been organised by Bournemouth University as part of Black History Month. See the full programme of events.